News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 31, 2013

RONN MOTT: Goodbye 2013

Ronn Mott
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — Goodbye to 2013 … fare thee well, adios, good riddance. It was a year the rest of the civilized world laughed at us. It was a year that 60 or so right-wing, tea party congressmen hijacked our government and put us in a world of shame. These so-called “Patriots” in the year 2013 did not want to rule the existing government … they wanted to tear it down. After shutting down the government, putting millions of dollars of hurt on the economy, causing many government workers to be out of work, the majority of Republicans felt the heat and the anger of frustration from the American people, which at the tail end of 2013 led to the economic comprise package that led to the fact there will be none of this for the next two years.

For anyone who knows our republic, the idea that a first-year senator could be the cheerleader and actual leader of this renegade group of congressmen flies in the face of the actual rules of the Senate and House of Representatives. Maybe that’s because they wish not to know, they just wish to tear it down.

These fools talk about the government as if it’s a separate entity. You and your gerrymandered districts … you and your votes are the government. It wasn’t dropped out of the sky on you, it wasn’t placed there by some foreign power, it was put there by you.

A good Republican told me the other day the real problem of the tea party is they want to start at the top. They really should start at the bottom with local, county, state representative government and then build their party into something of a national power. Of course, this is dependent upon the voters accepting the tea party’s idea of government. So far, they have not done very well in this area.

Goodbye 2013 and all of that stupidity you have stood for. Ted Cruz (the junior senator we referred to earlier in this piece) will sure as shootin’ make a run for the presidency in 2016. I hope he shines up his boots to a glossy finish because he’ll be wading through a very deep pile of male bovine defecation.

There were some good things, but if you don’t mind I’ll wait and write about those in another article and, perhaps, another time.

I really hope the tea party people do not totally disappear. They make wonderful fodder for me to write about, and it is so easy.

So, hello to 2014. Some things will change, and some things won’t, and I suppose the end result of all of this is it’s a good thing we have people we totally disagree with and we can still live in the same country.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.